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weapons -- the hopeful plea of the british prime minister to the taliban. is there any chance they will listen? a long march across africa for these somali refugees. they are driven to desperation. >> we have to scale up operations to meet the growing need. >> constantly connected -- is social media leaving all of us overwhelmed? welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and also around the globe. stop fighting, stop bombing, join the political process -- that is what british prime minister david cameron asked a taliban today. even as he spoke those words, four nato soldiers were killed in the eastern part of the country, which begs the question, what happens when foreign forces withdraw? the bbc reports. >> british troops in the helmand -- in helmand, dropping into an area the taliban previously controlled. the taliban wisely weren't there to meet them. so far, the british soldiers have not met any opposition. usually, the insurgency retreats, but not always. the villagers hope things will improve without the insurgents around. the taliban steal our food, he says. i am very po
in dealing with the taliban. yet the taliban is claiming responsibility for the assassination, which has opened a power vacuum in the country. this is our report. >> ahmad wali karzai live behind layers of security. he had many enemies. today, his enemy was his end. assassins struck here at his home. a trusted assassin, a bodyguard. another bodyguard shot of a killer dead. it was too late, ahmad wali karzai died almost immediately and the news traveled fast. in kabul, president karzai announced his death. >> this morning, he said, my younger brother was murdered -- martyred in his house. this is the life of the afghan people. we have all suffered from the same pain. ahmad wali karzai was the most powerful player in kandahar. when we recently visited his compound, it was probably a day like today. he was the man to solve every problem. that created problems for him. >> this is for the big attacks, like suicide attacks. are two major suicide attacks on me -- on my office -- there were two major suicide attacks me -oe -- on my office. >> are they still happening? >> taliban pou >> he came u
of security. killed by 2 gunshot wounds earlier this morning. the taliban has said that they carried out the attack. they have been successful and kandahar at assassinating leaders in the past year. the talibsaan say this is one of their biggest achievements in 10 years of war. i was speaking to a u.s. official who said she was a controversial official. they knew about the allegations of drug dealing. as a result of his death, there are worries about what might happen in kandahar. >> does it change karzai's position of strength? >> he was a key figure in the fight against the taliban. not just for the afghan government. he was in kabul a few weeks ago trying to negotiate the next governor of the province. was not that long ago the american ambassador met with ahmad wali karzai. ahmad wali karzai he was realist, a tough man, a man whose tentacles spread far and wide. she was aware of the threat to him. >> the taliban issued letters to most of the top leaders. if you don't leave kandahar in 5 days, you face death. >> what we have seen from the taliban is a change in tactics. those big atta
to haunt them. u.s. and the taliban. >> ifill: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> oil companies have changed my country. >> oil companies can make a difference. >> we have the chance to build the economy. >> create jobs, keep people healthy, and improve schools. >> ...and our communities. >> in angola chevron helps train engineers, teachers and farmers, launch child's programs. >> it's not just good business. >> i'm hopeful about my country's future. >> it's my country's future. >> and by the bill and melinda gates foundation. dedicated to the idea that all people deserve the chance to live a healthy, productive life. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> ifill: with little more than a week until the debt ceiling deadline, lawmakers on both sides of capitol hill offered competing plans today on how to avert a crisis. and late today,
compound. it's the third taliban attack on an afghan powerbroker in the south in more than two weeks. the new u.s. ambassador to afghanistan ryan crocker said it's proof the taliban is so damaged, it can't carry out large-scale operations. he spoke today in kabul. >> they've had to kind of regroup and figure out what they can do and, in some cases, that has been assassination. we saw a very similar pattern in iraq. clearly, these are horrific attacks but they can also be interpreted as a sign of significant organizational weakness. >> sreenivasan: a taliban spokesman told the associated press the kandahar mayor was targeted for ordering the destruction of homes city officials claimed were illegally constructed. two children were killed during that demolition. the prime minister of norway today announced an independent commission will review how last week's twin attacks were allowed to happen. and more details emerged about the self-confessed killer, who is in police custody. we have a report from carl dinnen of "independent television news." >> reporter: by the side of the lake, a sh
against the taliban. the bomb may have been targeted at the elite, but the brunt was borne by afghans. others die from nato airstrikes. six villagers died in this raid, to flush out insurgents. among the victims, women and children. it has led to a wave of anger. protests have taken place, pressing for the withdrawal of western forces. some are wondering, at what cost? starting next week, thousands of troops begin a withdrawal from afghanistan. questions have been raised about if they can take on the role. bbc news. >> austerity is a word many europeans have had to adopt, although this sparked massive protests. italy's senate passed their own cost-cutting package after investors began worrying the eurozone's third largest economy would be sucked in. this goes to parlaiment on friday. >> italian senators know their country may be drawn into a crisis effecting the eurozone. so they debated the plan to reduce the debt the country has accumulated. italy owes 1.6 trillion euros, the most indebted country in europe, with more outstanding bonds than greece, ireland, and portugal together. in
of the afghan people, we have all suffered from the same kind of pain. >> the taliban claimed responsibility for the assassination, afghan officials said an internal feud was also a possibility. and police launched an investigation. the murder also created an incident and ominous leadership vacuum in southern afghanistan at a time when u.s. troops are to begin withdrawing. ahmed wali karzai was a powerful and controversial figure in the family's an cessual home province of kandahar and was a key power broker and proxy for his brother in the region. but he was also widely suspected of a deep and pervasive corruption. in an interview last month with the cbc, the canadian broadcasting corporation, karzai dismissed persistent talk of profiteering. >> it is never approved. i might help people to facilitate things for them when it comes to security, when it comes to organizing meeting with the population. because i'm the only person who has all the facilities. >> for years, allegations also swirled that the one-time chicago-area restauranteur had ties who afghanistan's lucrative drug trade. but ka
is far from over. >> in other news around the world taliban militants carried out a major attack in southern afghanistan using suicide bombers, rocket propelled grenades and machine guns. the sustained assault targeted the offices of the deputy govern and a private security firm. the trial of desupposed president will start next week in cairo. he faces charges of corruption and ordering the killers of protectors. doctors said he was weak and refusing solid food. the maid who accused the head of the former i.m.f. of trying to rape her claim they have been left traumatized by the accusation. her lawyer says they may launch a civil suit. in china the government is facing a public backlash over the way it handled a high speed train crash that killed 39 people. authorities say the trash was caused by design flaws but allegations of corruption and lack of transparency are fueling public anger. the premiere has visited the crash site. >> this is the soft paternal face of the communist party. in times of a crisis like this one the premiere is called upon to soothe the nation's nerves. he
. -- kandahar. a spokesman for the taliban says they carried out the attack. back here in washington, the countdown continues with just six days left before the country must lift its debt ceiling or risk of fraud. but despite the nearing deadline and threats that the country's credit rating could be in jeopardy, the political wrangling continues. for more on where things stand, i spoke to democratic senator barbara boxer from capitol hill just a short time ago. senator, thank you very much for joining us. two plans on their way through the house or the senate. can either of them actually pass congress? >> well, i think the harry reid plan is a compromise that everybody has been calling for and everybody wants. it gives the republicans what they want which is no revenues and cuts, and it helps the democrats because we are not cutting medicare. we are not cutting social security. so it is really a compromise, and it gets us out of this chaotic mess we are in it because we cut enough spending to take us all of the way to last us to the election, so it sends a column in message to the ma
,462 civilian deaths in the first half of this year alone. most of those have been blamed on the taliban and road-side bombs but more people have been killed in nato air strikes. venezuelaan president hugo chavez acknowledged he will need more treatment for cancer. he said the threat of cells spreading remained latent. he may have to undergo chemotherapy. the legal team of the chinese artist has been told his company did not pay taxes for decades during a closed hearing in beijing. lawyers were trying challenge a $1.85 million american dollar tax bill. before the hearing, his wife said the proceedings were already biased. now italy's chance to restore some confidence in the markets has come in the course of today. in fact in the next few hours, the a vote on the tough austerity budget to pin back spending. the lower house will have a vote on friday. they will not be voting the proposal. the cuts are around 40 billion euros. some $57 billion dollars. >> this is the start of an important two days of the italian economy. today's senate vote on the austerity package for $40 billion euros. th
. they are alleged to have links to al qaeda and the taliban in neighboring afghanistan. security forces claim success. but alongside these operations have been many arrests of people on the flimsiest of grounds. so the people of this traditional muslim country could be pushed into the arms of radical groups by the government's own heavy-handed tactics, and the continued poverty and corruption that blights their lives. bbc news. >> it was billed as an awesome deal. two of the online world biggest names announced they were teaming up a. facebook is announcing a chat service that will be provided by skype, which is being bought by microsoft. for more, i am joined from san francisco by the editor at large of cnet. remember you are speaking to a technical neophyte. what does this mean you will be able to do that you could not before? >> if you are looking at a list of your friends on facebook, which is the court to what facebook is all about, there is a simple click to have a video chat with them, a video call, using the skype software you use to have to leave facebook to use. now you can do a cha
of the taliban government and also a controversial figure alleged to have links with drug dealers and allegations of corruption went against him. but the fact that nato forces often looked to him to give them the validity in their fight against al qaeda. >> we have got the reports from the official death toll from the sinking of a cruise ship in russia has risen to 100. the number was released after more bodies were recovered. >> the bulgaria sank with 208 people onboard at the time. 29 are still unaccounted for and divers are still scattered showering the sunken vessel. and a senior official told "bbc world news" that there had been campaigns and others asked tokyo to stop the whaling but another said the plan was to return. >> thousands of people have held protest in cairo to demand the removal of the council. the military conceded for the first time elections due in september could be delayed now until november. the rather -- it rather feels like the crises just like the debts are rising. fwreast, ireland, spain and another are all coming under the suspicion that they will not be able to repay
taliban attack. we are at the point of a new low. the idea that pakistan would instigate a crisis with india at this point is inconceivable. >> what about indian intelligence gathering and security? there has been a number of cracks, particularly since 2008. is this any reflection on the indian authority's confidence? >> there will be questions about another attack in mumbai. after 2008, there were major reviews within india within -- about internal security. in this case, there would be a very close examination of how close that india has responded. they have their guard deployed there, they have forensic units on the scene. they need to hopefully see that experience was directing a quick response to what is taking place now in the beleaguered city. >> ambassador, thank you for joining us. >> the afghan president has left thousands of mourners at the funeral of his brother. he wept openly during the ceremony and climbed into the grave to kiss his brothers forehead. his brother was one of the most powerful figures in the south and he was shot dead by his own head of security. more
. in this case, the mission was to take the taliban out of power in afghanistan, to destroy al qaeda training camps, and to find those responsible for 9/11. the nation-building mission turned out to be very problematic. we need to pull the plug on that experiment and redeploy our forces and redeploy our resources. tavis: this is the all hell will break out if we pull out completely. what is your response? >> let me explain a little bit further. there are those who talk about staying to build an effective police. but literacy is very low. the police numbers are completely added. there is an enormous amount of carson. the police in afghanistan are fugs. we eatow they are -- we them and train them and now we have a trained and equipped thugs. you think via administration has decided we still need to be there? >> the administration uses some of the language in saying that we need to change your direction. he is doing so in a very slow pace that keeps us in this nation-building capacity. i think it is very hard to reverse course. that has proven itself time overtime as our nation becomes involved
when nato was involved that the taliban attack was ended. there will still be a presence, but nothing like the number of troops we have seen in the past 10 years in afghanistan. >> germany's constitutional court is considering a challenge on whether the country oppose the c-- whether the country's contribution to bailouts is appropriate. there's concern that it could be against the german constitution. we spoke about whether the case had a chance of success. >> it's not an open and shut case either way. everybody says that it could go either way. another thing is the german constitution was written with memories of war and hyperinflation, very strict rules written into it about parliament having a strong set a on spending. the argument now is that the bailout was negotiated by the government with brussels and the imf and the european central bank. so parliament was sidelined. that is the argument made by quite a few people. a professor will appear in court. he is a law professor in berlin. he said the following -- >> there is an indispensable obligation to control public funding and p
. the taliban claimed responsibility for it all. ten children were among the dead, and so was a bbc journalist. it is the latest uptick in violence in the south following the killing of afghan president hamid karzai's half-brother on july 12. a twin bombing at a bank in northern iraq today killed a dozen people. a suicide bomber and car blast rocked the city of tikrit, as iraqi policemen and security forces were picking up their paychecks. thick smoke could be seen billowing from the scene of the explosions. more than 30 people were wounded. it's the fourth major attack on the city so far this year. the head of the rebel armed forces in libya and two of his aides were killed today. the head of the national transitional council announced the deaths and said abdel fattah younis was killed by gunmen while on his way to questioning over a military matter. younnis was moammar qaddafi's interior minister before defecting early in the libyan uprising. there was heavy fighting in somalia's capital today, with a half dozen people killed. the african union launched a new operation to protect famine reli
, the taliban come back will there be a historical judgment that because of whatever reading of history he made that he will be considered the president that lost afgnistan? >> that's a really good question because the last chapter of the book, chapter 10, is called "good enough." and what they're hoping for is something they can term "good enough." that it will not be termed a loss. that it may not be a full-fledged victory. it m not be something that they can proclaim that everhing is wonrful in afghanistan w. but something they can say is good enough. they can get out at whatever point they do that, not having to say they lost. so that is definite play the people that talked to said that they'r hoping for and that's the last chapter of the book. >> rose: someone who had a personal experience with vietnam never wanted to put boots on the ground. >> never. he would do anything... he'd be a great hero bombing from 30,000 feet but don't put boots on the ground. that was his fundamental problem at that time. >> rose: well, and that's also the point of view of barack obama about libya, for exampl
taliban insurgents claimed another high- profile assassination. a close aide to afghan president hamid karzai was killed sunday in a gunbattle at his home in kabul. it followed the murder of karzai's half-brother last week. for more on afghanistan we turn to pam constable, who covers south asia for the "washington post." pam, thanks for being with us. the series of high profile assassinations have picca off important targets as well. one of the former governors of a province. why is it significant? >> well, particularly in light of the fact that it came so quickly after the assassination of the half brother of president karzai who was killed in kandahar just days before this, the killing of this former governor in another southern province along with another guy who was also close to the president, this is cumulatively speaking, it's a big blow for the karzai administration. you know, it'sçç confidant, relatives, high-level aides going back into april some of them are being killed. but more than who is doing it or who it's happening to, i would put it altogether by saying it's a re
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